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Thursday, September 23, 2010

River Otters

Isn't this such a cute picture of a River Otter?

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 Today i will be doing River Otters, aren't they so cute? River Otters are aquatic animals. They generally live along rivers, but they also live near lakes and streams. They prefer water bordered by woods and wetlands, such as marshes. Otters grab their prey in their mouths. They eat small fish that they catch in the water, holding their food with their forepaws while floating on their backs. When they catch really big fish, they bring them to shore and eat them there. They can stay underwater for up to four minutes, isn't that amazing? When they're underwater they close their ears and nostrils to keep water out. River Otters belong to the weasel, skunk, otter, and badger family.  They are usually active at night, while during the day they sun-bathe on rocks.  The main threat to River Otters, are water pollution and habitat destruction. They live in burrows along riverbanks, and they usually use abandoned dens made by beavers and other animals. Hope you enjoyed this, thanks for reading! Written by Maya the Cat.

1 comment:

  1. You've done a really good job of making this a very attractive and informative site. For now I've linked it to our class blog as one of our student blogs (the first in fact), however, to keep the link posted I do need you to credit all of your photos please so that that your blog meets our class standards.

    I'm curious how you're choosing the animals to feature? You have some really interesting ones. Are you open to suggestions from your classmates? It still surprises me when I travel to stumble across animals that I didn't even know existed. For example, when I was living in Mexico last year we had a "pack" of caotis living down the street. When we first saw them my family and I didn't even know what they were. We decided to call them moncoons because they looked like a cross between a monkey and a racoon. The spanish name for them is tejón. Later we learned that somehow they had also arrived in Majorca, Spain where we also lived for a part of the year, but in Majorca they were definitely not indigenous to the area and so causing problems. It's fun to learn about new and interesting animals, isn't it?